Marysville High School baseball coach Mark Brunswick is pleased with his team’s start, but he believes there’s plenty of room for improvement.

The Monarchs were 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Central Crossing on April 5.

“We’re coming (along),” said Brunswick, who is in his fourth season. We have to hit a little bit better. Defensively and pitching-wise, we’re pretty happy. We just have to get going a little bit hitting-wise.”

The Monarchs are seeking their eighth consecutive winning season. They went 2-2 during a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from March 26-30 and opened OCC-Central play April 3 with an 11-0 win in five innings over Westland.

Brunswick said seniors Michael Ross (P/INF/OF) and Nate Snyder (OF/P) have emerged as the top pitchers, and key hitters have been Snyder and seniors Tino Poma (INF) and Noah Wiseman (C/1B).

Last season, Marysville went 16-10 overall and 9-5 in the OCC-Central to finish third behind Olentangy Liberty (13-1) and Thomas Worthington (10-4). Liberty now is playing in the OCC-Buckeye and Thomas is in the OCC-Cardinal.

“I hope we can hang around and put ourselves in a position to win (a league title), but a lot of things have to happen up to that point,” Brunswick said.

Softball team
off to good start

The softball team opened by going 5-1 during a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach from March 27-31.

“It’s not the toughest schedule down there, but it’s a chance to look at the girls and get some questions answered,” co-coach Jennifer Segner-Maxwell said. “We still have some work to do. It’s not the same team as last year.”

The Monarchs played their first game in Ohio on April 5 against Gahanna. Games against Hilliard Darby on April 1 (bad weather) and Groveport on April 4 (poor field conditions) were postponed.

Marysville opens OCC-Central play Wednesday, April 12, against visiting Westland.

Junior Airyanna Maurer, who saw limited time last season, and freshman Isabelle Shroyer have replaced 2016 graduate Jennifer Patterson in the circle.

Senior catcher Katelynn Russell hit .431 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI last season and was named league Player of the Year, first-team all-district and second-team all-state.

Senior Elise Freeland (SS) hit .439 with 15 doubles and 28 RBI and was second-team all-district and all-league. Senior Hailey Christian (1B) hit .429 with 42 RBI and was special mention all-league.

Segner-Maxwell, who is in her seventh season, again is sharing coaching duties with Chris Shirer, who is in his fourth season after previously coaching the team for 12 seasons beginning in 1999.

The Monarchs are coming off a season in which they went 25-6 overall and won their first district championship since 2006. It was the 10th district title in program history.

They went 12-2 in the OCC-Central to finish second behind Hilliard Davidson (13-1).

Boys tennis team
looks for improvement

The boys tennis team is looking to improve on its 8-10 record from a season ago.

Despite losing several players to graduation, ninth-year coach Brian Ash said the Monarchs responded nicely during the preseason.

“After losing 12 seniors last year, I’ll admit I was more than a little nervous about the season,” Ash said. “After seeing so much growth from several players, those fears have been alleviated. I believe we have a good shot at finishing at or above .500 on the season.”

The Monarchs were 0-2 entering their match against Jonathan Alder on April 5. They lost to Buckeye Valley 5-0 on April 3 and Westerville North 5-0 on April 4.

Marysville opens OCC-Central play Tuesday, April 11, at Central Crossing.

Junior Haden Fluharty, who played second doubles last season, has replaced 2016 graduate Jevon Knox at first singles.

Also back are seniors Tony Martin (second singles) and David Sanders (first doubles).

Newcomers include junior Jakob Piper, sophomores Devin Kyle (second doubles), Sameer Parashar (first doubles), Alexander Seiltz (second doubles) and Joel Sheeley and freshman Rohit Chabria (third singles).

Boys track team
aims to build on title

The boys track and field team is looking to build on its success from a season ago, when it captured its first league title since winning the Central Buckeye League in 1978.

The Monarchs (161) outdistanced runner-up Dublin Coffman (119) in the OCC-Central meet.

Marysville opened this season by competing in the Wildcat Premier on April 1 at Davidson. The Monarchs finished seventh (47) of 12 teams behind champion Pickerington Central (136).

“(The) early season progress is looking very good thus far,” fifth-year coach J.B. Ritchie said. “We have a great deal of momentum from last year’s OCC-Central championship win, which is still very evident with this group. We have a good group of veterans back to replace the 2016 senior class of over 20 athletes.”

Seniors Luke Couchman (sprints, jumps), Blake Dearwester (distance) and David Haake (sprints, hurdles) are leading the way.

Other key contributors include seniors Emmanuel Belville (sprints) and Cade Saunders (sprints, jumps, hurdles), juniors Jarret Braun (sprints), Connor Hall (sprints, pole vault, hurdles), Ethan Klauda (sprints, jumps), Brendan Ralston (distance, pole vault, jumps), Deven Slabaugh (sprints) and Skylar Strickland (throws) and sophomores Anthony Kessler (sprints, jumps) and Jacob Ranker (sprints, hurdles).

“The sprint relays are still looking strong as well,” Ritchie said.

Girls track team
pleased with start

The girls track team finished fifth (66) of 10 teams in the Wildcat Premier behind champion Gahanna (151).

“The Wildcat meet was an outstanding start to the season,” fourth-year coach Luke Sundermeier said. “The girls finished fifth, more than tripling their points from last year. We are still training hard to lay the foundation for May and working to identify event groups to fill a balanced lineup.”

Seniors Kathleen Kennedy (pole vault), Hunter Rivers (sprints, jump) and Ashley Segner (middle distance, pole vault) are leading the way.

Other key contributors include seniors Autumn Henault (throws) and Faith Yarngo (sprints), juniors Addy Miller-Brown (distance), Julia Dickman (sprints), Morgan Forney (middle distance), Heather Harding (throws), Natalie Hiltscher (sprints, jumps), Lily Keber (hurdles, jumps), Robin King (distance), Emma Rice (middle distance) and Celia Soller (sprints, middle distance) and sophomores Rei Green (jumps), Katie Miller (middle distance, jumps) and Maddie Shumway (middle distance).

“Overall, team strengths will be based around a solid middle-distance group,” Sundermeier said. “We plan on putting together competitive relays and utilizing team depth to score points.”

Season underway for
girls lacrosse team

The girls lacrosse team opened with a 13-1 loss to Delaware on March 23.

“It was a disappointing loss that gave the team drive and direction moving forward for the season,” said coach Mike Burnes, who is in his fourth season.

Marysville plays Centennial on Thursday, April 6, and opens OCC-Central play Tuesday, April 11, against visiting Upper Arlington.

Key players include senior Mackenzie Smegal (defender), juniors Alyssa Baschnagel (defender) Faith Engle (goalkeeper) and Jordan Gerard (attacker) and sophomore Gabby Hill (midfielder).

Boys lacrosse team
drops first two games

The boys lacrosse team is 0-2 as it prepares to play host to Newark on Thursday, April 6.

The Monarchs lost to Buckeye Valley 11-5 on March 25 and Bowling Green 13-6 on April 1.

Key players include seniors Brandon Baschnagel (attacker) and Ben Stubbs (midfielder).

“I’m excited about the season, but we do have a very tough schedule,” second-year coach Chris Alessi said. “I’m looking forward to our game against Newark. There is a great attitude and effort from the boys this year. We continue to improve daily.”